Neither of them is affiliated with Microsoft or Xbox Game Studios, for that matter: one game is from Sony Interactive Entertainment (or PlayStation Studios, to be more precise), and the other is from Nintendo and Koei Tecmo…
Sony participates in Consumer Electronic Show 2022, which means that the company is represented at CES, which brought an announcement in the news later today. However, the company announced at its press conference that a game by Sucker Punch Productions is slowly approaching the 10 million figure. Ghost of Tsushima has already sold more than eight million copies, including disc and digital sales.
It’s been a long time since we last heard sales figures for Ghost of Tsushima, with Sony announcing on 12 November 2020 that one of the last major PlayStation 4 exclusives had crossed the five million mark. So it’s been almost 14 months since then. It added another three million to the tally in that time, thanks to Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut (which added the extra location and content of Iki Island), which was released on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 on 20 August last year. A movie adaptation of the franchise is also in the works.
And then let’s talk about the other millionaire: Koei Tecmo has announced (also on Twitter) that Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, a game in the musou genre as it is known in Japan, has sold four million copies in physical and digital sales. The game is a Nintendo Switch-exclusive, combining the IP of The Legend of Zelda with the “one player against thousands of opponents” style of Dynasty Warriors. That’s not such a big deal, but the genre itself isn’t all that mainstream.
The game, which launched on 20 November 2020, had sales figures published on 26 April last year. At that time, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity was at 3.7 million copies, so in just over eight months, sales have increased by 300,000. It’s no coincidence to say that the style of the game is almost niche.